I'm not so much a kid anymore! Consider it shrewd time management haha. I actually went out there to see if there was any signs of it loosening up, started hammering on it, then when it started to move I slid into "refuse to be defeated" mindset and kept at it until it came off!
Right now, I have everything I need to start re-assy. except the new hammers I am having cut. Hope I get them by Friday as it is a long weekend up here coming up.